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Zero to one

I read the other day that there is a mathematical suggestion? theory? fact? that the distance between zero and one is greater than the distance between one and two, or any other adjacent numbers. Of course, ‘distance’ refers to the mathematical separation between the whole numbers involved and is thus an imaginary concept.

Now, I don’t know whether this suggestion is true. I must admit that I can’t see how it is and I’m not sure that I could grasp the maths involved anyway, even if my rudimentary googling turned up anything helpful, which is hasn’t. It may be that it is one of those interesting calculations involving zero that seem to produce surprising results and often become novelty items.

But let’s assume there’s a modicum of science behind it. Someone must have theorised about it for a reason. So, the distance between zero and one is greater than the distance between other whole numbers. In other words, the distance between nothing and something is greater than the distance between something and something more. In those terms, in our life applications, it is obviously true.

Starting something is the hardest part. Going on with it is less difficult. Going from a point of rest to a point of action requires strength and determination to overcome inertia. Going from something to the next thing requires perserverence but is assisted by momentum. It is, perhaps, an easier state to reach.

There will be mathematicians who fume at this leap of logic and I am more that willing to accept that I’ve drawn a long bow. It’s on my mind, though. And now, perhaps, it’s on yours!

Until later, Kirsten

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